The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the winners of the 2015 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.
This year’s programme marked a decade of collaboration between FT and IFC on global awards initiatives that have highlighted ground-breaking, commercially viable solutions to today’s development challenges. For 2015, special attention was given to initiatives that address pressing structural needs in rapidly growing urban areas. A total of 191 entries were received from 167 organisations involving projects in 140 countries.
Shanghai correspondent Patti Waldmeir won the top award for Excellence in Opinion Writing for the third consecutive year for her work, including her Life in China feature. The judges said: “Waldmeir is a breath of fresh air – even when she is writing about toilets – in a field where people tend to take themselves much too seriously.”
Amy Kazmin and David Pilling were runners up in the opinion writing category for their commentary on India’s 2014 Election.
On Thursday, June 4, the Financial Times gathered 165 guests for a reception to meet the FT’s Washington, DC bureau. Hosted by FT editor Lionel Barber, US managing editor Gillian Tett, and Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy, the event, held at a private home in Georgetown, gathered congressmen, diplomats, government officials, lobbyists and media to formally introduce the FT’s new Washington bureau.
The Financial Times today announces the return of Camp Alphaville, London’s first festival of finance, at the Artillery Garden at the HAC on Wednesday, July 1. Hosted by FT Alphaville, the second annual event has an even bigger and bolder agenda than last year, featuring prominent keynote speakers, debates, robots and comedy.
FT Alphaville editor and Camp Alphaville founder Paul Murphy said: “Camp Alphaville is a place for all the world-class strategists, economists, financiers, asset managers and academics who read Alphaville but never get a chance to meet outside the office to discuss some serious ideas. But there’s no reason it can’t be in a fun setting. This is the future of finance conferences – tents, igloos, robots and all.”